We hear that some among you are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat. -2 Thessalonians 3:1-12
While this verse may be dealing with the importance of working for a living, it speaks to me on another level as well. The temptation to be a busybody- to gossip, criticize, and take other’s hard work for granted- is ever present, and can sometimes be subtle. Being a musician, it’s easy for me to slip into critic mode: “Ugh, that song’s so annoying,” “So and so is so out of tune,” “I would have done such and such this way, not that way- yikes.” But when I start down that road, what am I really accomplishing? At best, I’m keeping it to myself and being privately ungrateful for the work of others. At worst, I’m spreading my bad attitude in the Church and actually working against what others are trying to do.
This does not mean that we shouldn’t be striving for excellence, or that Church-workers are exempt from criticism. It does mean that I need to first ask myself “What am I doing about it?” A constructive attitude begins with a willingness to step in and actually contribute something, rather than sitting on the sidelines telling the folks on the field that what they’re doing is wrong.
So, when my thoughts start to turn critical, I need to step back and ask myself: Am I willing to get busy, or am I just being a busybody?